We hope that you have been enjoying having Mei Mei’s Street Kitchen at the market. The sibling trio adds so much to the market, but not the least of which is that they really live the message of “local”. We can appreciate the delicious food they serve without giving it much thought, but understanding the benefit of their contribution to the local economy and community is not so obvious. Can it be that their food tastes so good *because* it is local? Do they create a community because their food is good? I think it is not possible to tease out the answers to these individual questions, but can only be understood in the context of the larger sense of community and how food brings us together as a community.
I am very happy that the market seems to have become a place for a broad cross section of Medford + to come together and renew our acquaintances , broaden our smiles, and to enjoy precious time being part of the community. The community makes the market, the market is the community.
This week we hope to add a new member to the market- BonMe Food Truck! Come taste the Vietnamese specialty sandwich!
The Board of Directors of the Medford Farmers Market
Let Us Entertain YouThis week’s entertainment and events
This week, we welcome Boston-based Hickory Strings @ 3-5PM. Hickory Strings is an eclectic string band fusing elements of jazz, bluegrass, classical, and world music into a unique brand of modern American chamber music. The group is led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Brown and features original music arranged for an assortment of acoustic string instruments.
We also have Raleigh Green performing @ 5-7PM. Raliegh Green is an award-winning musician, educator, author, software developer and visual artist. Raleigh is known for his versatility as a guitarist, his expertise as a music educator, as well as his skills as an artist, visual media designer and app developer. Proficient in many styles of music and visual art, Raleigh is the author of “The Versatile Guitarist” (Alfred Publishing), and “Guitar Atlas: Jamaica” (Alfred Publishing). He is a music instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, a first-call guitarist in numerous New England bands, and is proud to be endorsed by D’Addariostrings, Hercules Stands and Planet Waves musicians gear. In 2011 Raleigh released Kids Switcheroo – an interactive kids iPhone game available now on Apple’s app store. Currently, Raleigh is busy developing two new original interactive iBooks for the iPad. Raleigh lives in Medford along with his wife, two children and an Australian cattle dog.
If you’d like to sing, dance, lead an activity, or otherwise capture the spotlight at our market, send us an email.
Community Table This week’s community table
This week, we have Medford Community Housing at the community table. Medford Community Housing makes housing affordable, safe, and inclusive for all people who live and work in the City of Medford.
We also have Medford Family Network. Medford Family Network is a family support and parenting education program that is available to every child and caregiver who lives or works in Medford with at least one child prenatal through age seven. It is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant), the Children’s Trust Fund (Massachusetts Family Center Grant), and the Friends of the Medford Family Network Corp. The goal of the MFN is to create a strong web of support for all families of young children.
Notes from the Market Manager A weekly rundown of your farmers market
This week, we have 13 vendors coming to the market! And we are so excited for our second food truck to join the market this week. Bon Me Truck will be serving up some Bold Fresh and Fun Vietnamese cuisine!
The Medford Farmers Market is now selling reusable water bottles! These bottles are made from TritanTM, a copolyester plastic that does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA). The bottles are impact, shatter, and leak resistant, with non-skid rubber bottoms. These durable 22 oz bottles are also FDA approved, and can carry both hot and cold liquids (up to their boiling and freezing points). Stop by the manager’s table and buy one for $7 while supplies last!
See you at the market!
Recipe of the week:
The Healthy Beet Meatballs
1 lb ground beef (grass fed)
½ onion diced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2-2 ½ tablespoons red sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon crushed fresh garlic or ½ tablespoon powder
½ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
extra virgin olive oil
Mix all ingredients together with your hands. Heat pan with extra virgin olive oil and form beef mixture into bite sized balls. Cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on the size) and flip for another 3-5 minutes. Add the meat balls to pot with sauce and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. Pour sauce over cooked quinoa and enjoy!